Paul Cliff Simon Divis  

Academic Post : Lecturer, DS45
Date Joining UNIMAS : 2th January 2009
Qualifications : BSc with Hons. (Biomedical), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 2001
MSc (Molecular Parasitology),Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, 2007
Citizen : Malaysian
Appointment Status : On Study Leave
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Working Experiences

  • Research Assistant (2002 -2004, 2006 –2007)
  • Malaria Research Centre, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
  • Science Officer (2007-2008)
  • Malaria Research Centre, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
  • Lecturer, (2009 – present)
  • Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
  • Research Fellow (2009 – present)
  • Malaria Research Centre, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.


Current Academic Responsibility

  • PBL facilitation
  • Teaching/Practical medical parasitology (Year 1, Year2 and Year 4 medical programme)
  • Supervision of elective students (Year 2 medical programmme)
  • Co-supervision of  master student


Research Interests and Projects

  • Primate malaria
  • Malaria molecular epidemiology and population genetics
  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
  • Soil-transmitted helminthes

Research Grant Obtained:

  • Development of real-time PCR assays for the detection of human and simian Plasmodium species; Amounted RM8,000 from the UNIMAS Short Grant Scheme. September 2009 to December 2010.
  • Molecular characterization and demographic and evolutionary histories of malaria parasites of orangutans; Co-researcher. Amounted RM50,000 from UNIMAS Dana Principal Investigator (DPI). August 2011 to July 2014.
  • Epidemiology of Plasmodium knowlesi and other malaria parasites in Sarawak; Co-researcher. Amounted RM55,055 from Unimas Centre of Excellence. March 2012 – Feb 2013.



  • Bronner, U., Divis, P.C.S., Farnert, A. & Singh, B. (2009) Swedish traveller with Plasmodium knowlesi malaria after visiting Malaysian Borneo. Malaria Journal, 8, 15.
  • Singh, B. & Divis, P.C.S. (2009) Orangutans not infected with Plasmodium vivax or P. cynomolgi, Indonesia. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 15, 1657-1658.
  • Daneshvar, C., Davis, T.M.E., Cox-Singh, J., Rafa’ee, M.Z., Zakaria, S.K., Divis, P.C.S. & Singh, B. (2009) Clinical and laboratory features of human Plasmodium knowlesi infections. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 49, 852-860.
  • Daneshvar, C., Davis, T.M.E., Cox-Singh, J., Rafa’ee, M.Z., Zakaria, S.K., Divis, P.C.S. & Singh, B. (2010) Clinical and parasitological response to oral chloroquine and primaquine in uncomplicated human Plasmodium knowlesi infections. Malaria Journal, 9:238.
  • Cox-Singh, J., Hiu, J., Lucas, S.B., Divis, P.C.S., Zulkarnean, M., Chandran, P., Wong, K.T., Adem, P., Zaki, S.R., Singh, B. & Krishna, S. (2010). Severe malaria – a case of fatal Plasmodium knowlesi infection with post-mortem findings: a case report. Malaria Journal, 9:10.
  • Divis, P.C.S., Shokoples, S.E., Singh, B. & Yanow, S.K. (2010). A Taqman real-time PCR assay for the detection and quantitation of Plasmodium knowlesi. Malaria Journal, 9:344.
  • Lee, K-S, Divis, P.C.S., Zakaria, S.K., Matusop, A., Julin, R.A., Conway, D.J., Cox-Singh, J. & Singh, B. (2011). Plasmodium knowlesi: Reservoir hosts and tracking the emergence in humans and macaques. PLoS Pathogen, 7(4)e1002015.doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1002015.
  • Khim, N., Siv, S., Kim, S., Mueller, T., Fleischmann, E., Singh, B., Divis, P.C.S., Steenkeste, N., Duval, L., Bouchier, C., Duong, S., Ariey, F., Menard, D. (2011). Plasmodium knowlesi in humans, Cambodia. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 17(10):1900-1902.


  • Identification and molecular characterization of malaria parasites of macaques in Kapit, Sarawak




Involvement in Professional Organization

  • Member of  Malaysian Society for Parasitology and Tropical Medicine
  • Member of International Society for Infectious Diseases
  • Manuscript Reviewer of Emerging Infectious Diseases, USA

Participation in Continuing Education and Services


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